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Charter plans outage in Ohio to boost capacity

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CHICAGO — Charter Steel is planning an outage at its Cleveland manufacturing facility from Nov. 16 to Dec. 3 to expand the mill’s electric-arc furnace (EF) capacity, according to a letter to customers.

The Saukville, Wis.-based steel bar, wire and wire products maker is aiming to boost the size of each heat of steel produced to 95 tons from 77 tons, according to the letter dated Sept. 24.

The expansion is scheduled to take place along with other projects during the outage, Charter said in the letter.

The company said that it did not anticipate any impact on customers due to a plan it put in place ahead of time to boost billet and coil inventories.

Charter—a division of Mequon, Wis.-based Charter Manufacturing Co. Inc.—said neither its shipping and processing facilities nor its manufacturing plant in Saukville would be affected by the outage in Cleveland.

The Cleveland special bar quality (SBQ), rod and wire facility currently has an annual production capacity of 650,000 tons, according to a 2012 Association for Iron and Steel Technology directory.

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